Lady Liberty answers your questions.
Presumably Libertarianz wouldn’t fund education from taxation. How would people pay for their education?
Education wouldn’t be funded by tax, for the reasons outlined in the previous answer. Parents would be free to buy the education they choose. Some parents, however, may not have the financial means to provide education for their children. Voluntary charity could provide opportunities for these children as it has in the past.
But education is so important. If it’s not compulsory, won’t you have an illiterate, uneducated society?
The current schooling system forces children from their parents and, through compulsory and irrational curricula, treats children’s minds as the property of the state. The parents have ultimate responsibility for their child, and because they know him better than some faceless bureaucrat, the parents should determine their child’s education. With education freed from state control, information on the variety and importance of education would be abundant – coming from competing private schools wishing to inform parents and students of their curricula and philosophies. The state has only controlled education for a relatively brief period and it is difficult for some to believe free market education will work. But would these people advocate government ownership and control of the food industry?
How will a poor family afford to educate its children?
Under a libertarian system of government, our social and political landscape will be entirely different to that which we are all forced to endure at present.
Government will no longer have the power to intrude into our personal and business lives. Tax will remain in the pockets of those who earn their money. This alone will give far greater spending power to everyone. Also, without the financial and compliance burdens imposed on the business sector at present, the ability for everyone to explore a greater level of opportunity and to expand their businesses will increase employment opportunities dramatically.
Now, without state interference in the education sector we will see a huge proliferation in privately owned and run education institutions. Like all things in the private sector, there will be a great variety of educational choices to suit all tastes and all budgets. Sure, opportunities for the rich will be greater than opportunities for the poor. But so what. Methods of teaching will continually evolve and improve and this will constantly trickle down to lower budget educational facilities. As an analogy, consider electric windows in cars. Years ago only the most expensive cars had electric windows but as the technology has improved and the car industry has been allowed to evolve in relative freedom, it is now common to see people in the poorest areas with cars that have electric windows. It is the envy driven ideology of hatred toward the rich that will most deprive the poor and it is freedom that will most benefit them. Remember also that the freedom from tax and compliance will apply to schools, which means that education delivery will be far cheaper than private education is today.
Without State funding, wouldn’t education become a luxury attainable by only very few?
The assumption that it would has been disproved time and time again. The same assumption could be made in regard to any number of consumer goods to which the poor have access—cars, TVs, stereos, tools, clothing, etc. If the poor wish to make education a priority, the private sector will always find a way to accommodate. However they must be free to do so.
Without State education, wouldn’t fewer people become high achievers in society?
I put it to you that the standard of education our children are forced to adhere to today is nothing short of appalling. Our kids are still being taught by the same teaching methods as we were. Teaching methods haven’t evolved because they haven’t been allowed to, thanks to state control.
There is little incentive for teachers to accommodate high achievers and little skill to even identify them. The few high achievers that do get recognition are only recognised because they are fortunate to achieve in areas that fit into a narrow area of main stream focus. So I put it to you that if education were free to evolve into areas not yet even imagined we would see a huge level of achievement in an ever expanding variety of fields.